Overview

Alexey Kallima was born in Grozny in 1969. He studied at the department of painting of the Krasnodar Art College. Participant of the Venice Biennale (1995, 2009), the Moscow Biennale (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011), and the European Biennale Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg (2014). Laureate of the "Innovation" award in 2005 in the nomination "Best visual artwork". Kallima's works were exhibited in the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia), the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), the Louvre (Paris, France), as well as in a number of museums and galleries of Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Poland, the USA, France, the Czech Republic, etc.

Having an academic education based on the school of socialist realism, in the early 2000s Kallima started experimenting with other media. In Moscow, he started cooperating with the Radek Group and became the curator of the "France" gallery: in the framework of these projects, he gave performances, organised promotions and happenings, created installations and ready-mades. Gradually, by mid-2000s, he returned to painting. In 2004-2010, Kallima continued to explore the topic of Chechnya that worried him a lot that time: both the aspect of a war (military theme) and the social aspect (stereotyped perception of nationality in the context of the Russian culture), as well as the fantasy theme – for example, the series called "Women's National Team of Chechnya in Skydiving" (2008-2010). These works are almost monochrome, mostly made with sanguine and charcoal, on canvas, paper, and walls. Sometimes the artist paints with oil or acryl in the same manner. Kallima chooses complex perspectives, and his compositions look like frozen frames from films.

Simultaneously in 2002-2007, Kallima created a series of large-scale works with invisible ink that glowed in the UV-light. In the dark, all the works had a medium blue tincture with fluorescent flickering of the strokes. Main characters were the same – the Chechens. The plots varied from household sketches to a night highway or a football match. For such ten-meter canvas called "Terek-Chelsea" (2005), the artist received the "Innovation" award in 2005.

Throughout his work, Kallima creates abstract artworks from time to time. That was where he first introduced intense colours in 2006. At the core of these abstractions there are various elements: vague spots ("Diffusion" series, 2006), circles ("Whirls", 2006), ornaments ("Synchronized groups", 2009) dots ("Chaos", 2014) and so on.

Since 2010, the themes of the paintings have been changing – the artist has begun creating romanticized images of everyday life: interiors, buildings, windows, urban views, public transport, roads with cars, vending kiosks and so on. In 2012, the artist started to use bright colours in his paintings. Kallima began to work more with colour using oil and watercolour. The artist's favourite graphic form is manifested in a new way – semi-abstraction. It is not created using figures ("Wet asphalt", 2005), but using a combination of pure colours: when we look at a painting as a whole, we can see specific images, but after long scrutiny they fall apart into hypothetical elements and spots ("All for Sale" series, 2012; "Dancing Ghosts" series, 2017). These works resemble the principles of the French art group of the "Nabis” from late XIX - early XX century with their pure colours, decorativeness and flatness of forms.

Kallima is in constant search: from acute social themes to semi-abstractions, from almost monochrome range of colours to a broad palette. He does not dwell on any recognizable style, but always boldly moves on. All his works are united by a balance of colour, composition and feelings.

Works
Gallery progects
Exhibition

Solo shows:

 

2017

  • Dancing ghosts. VLADEY Space. Moscow, Russia 

2016

  • Psy. Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2015

  • Audience. Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia 

2013

  • Grey days. Bright dreams. Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2012                       

  • Everything is for Sale. Regina Gallery, London, UK
  • Rain Theorem. Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Consider Yourself Lucky. M & J  Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2011

  • Sorry, the exhibition opening has been postponed for technical reasons. The 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

2010

  • Chechen Women's Team of Parachute Jumping, M & J  Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Les ténèbres sont plus longues que la nuit. Galerie Ann de Villepoix, Paris, France
  • Vous nous regardez, nous vous regardons! Musée d'art contemporain Val-de-Marne, MAC / VAL,Paris, France

2008

  • Chechen Women's Team of Parachute Jumping. Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, USA
  • Unnamed hill. M & J  Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Closed Party. Volker Diehl Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • Capitalism Garbage. Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Art de Bourges, Bourges, France

2007

  • Sky Patrol. Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France

2006

  • Dead Calm. Chechnya. White Box Gallery, New  York, USA
  • Private emotions. M & J  Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Rebels. Together with Erbol Meldibekov, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany

2005

  • 19.45. S'Art, Moscow, Russia                         
  • You and Your Friend from Malgobek. Dom Culture Center, Moscow, Russia
  • 10 Minute Intermission. Art Strelka / Vitrina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Chronicles. Reflex Gallery, ArtStrelka, Moscow, Russia

2004

  • Houris and Reci-divas. M & J Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Just a Minute. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2003

  • Malika, Shut the Door.  S'Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Tomorrow.  France Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Case on the roadside, or examination on roads. M & J Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Distance. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2002

  • Memorial to the Victims. France Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Zephyrs, installation. France Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2001

  • You Are Where You Are Absent, happening. France Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Chechens, Art Moscow. The Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

2000

  • SES. Action near the Moscow Kremlin on the day of the presidential elections

1992

  • Painting and Works on Paper. Zakharov Museum, Grozny, Russia

 

Group exhibitions:

 

 

2017

  • Love. VLADEY Space. Moscow, Russia

2016

  • Tutti Frutti. Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Football-Hockey. Center for Contemporary Art “Winzavod”, Moscow, Russia

2014

  • Laboratory of aesthetic suspicion. The parallel program of Manifesta 10. Art Space New industry”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2013

  • The Team I Can't Live Without. REGINA Gallery. Moscow, Russia

2012

  • Audience As Subject, Part 2. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
  • Apocalypse and Renaissance. The First Ukrainian Biennale of Modern Art, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Kandinsky Prize. Barcelona, Spain
  • For fair elections. Paperworks Gallery. Moscow, Russia

2011                    

  • The opening of the new Center of Contemporary Art, Tver, Russia
  • Motherland. PERMM, Perm, Russia

2010                   

  • Russian Utopias. Part 2, Center for Contemporary Culture “Garage”, Moscow, Russia
  • Diary of a Madman, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Contrepoint,  Musee de Louvre,  Paris, France

2009

  • FiacGrand Palais, Paris, France
  • RUSSIAN POVERA. The 3rd Moscow Biennal of Contemporary Art. Curator – Marat Guelman. Red October, Moscow, Russia
  • Art-Moscow’09. International Fair of Contemporary Art. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
  • Rain Theorem. The 53rd  Venice Biennale. Russian pavilion. Curator – Olga Sviblova. Venice, Italy

2008

  • Thaw, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA
  • RUSSIAN POVERA, A Sergey Gordeev Project . Curator – Marat Guelman. River Station Hall, Perm, Russia
  • Art-Moscow’08. International Fair of Contemporary Art. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

2007

  • Art In Between. Journey Into Swaying Imaginatin, Galleria Tiziana Di Caro, Salerno, Italy
  • Thaw, 15 years of M. Guelman Gallery , The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Sots Art. Art politique en Russie de 1972 à aujourd'hui - La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
  • Moscoupolis, Espace Louis Vuitton Paris, Paris, France
  • HETEROTOPIA. 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art - Thessaloniki Biennale of  Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • The Diary of the Artist, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
  • Witness Of The Impossible, Moscow Center of Art, The 2nd  Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Theatrum Mundi, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France
  • Sots Art. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow,  Russia
  • Free Party-2, Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Grenoble, France
  • The Future Depends On You. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
  • The Baroque. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow2006                

 2006

  • Rebels, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany
  • Contemporary Art Lexicon. Article 1. Identity. The Elena Berezkina Foundation For Visual Art Support “ERA”, Moscow, Russia
  • Origin of Species. Contemporary City Foundation, Moscow, Russia
  • Questions of Identity. Chamelion Gallery, Walsall, UK
  • Moscow News. The National Gallery, Veletrzny Palac, Prague, Czech Republic                          
  • Free Party, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble, France

2005

  • Act of Charity, France Gallery, Art Strelka, Zverev Center of contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
  • The 1st Moscow Biennale, Lenin Museum, Moscow, curatorial project , Moscow, Russia
  • The 8th Kaliningrad Graphics Biennale, Russia
  • The 4th Shiryaevsk Biennale, Russia
  • Russian Pop Art, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Europalia, Festival of Russian Art, Brussels, Belgium
  • Facial Portraits, M'ARS Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Artists and Armaments, M'ARS Gallery, Moscow , Russia
  • Моscow Breaking Through, Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London, UK

2004

  • Se Opp! Watch Out Art From Moscow And St.Peterburg, Oslo, Norway
  • System оf  Coordinates, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Beyond the Red Horizon, Centre of Contemporary Arts,Moscow, Russia; Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland

2003

  • We and they, ART-MOSCOW, graphic series "Charcoals", Moscow, Russia
  • Fashion control, M & J  Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • ARTKLYAZMA, Festival of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Stop! Who goes?, NSCA, Moscow, Russia
  • Same old sun everywhere, France Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Inspection platform, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • New countdown, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia                   

2002

  • Davaj! Russian Art Now. Postfuhramt, Berlin, Germany; MAC, Wien, Austria
  • Snowgirl, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
  • Instead of art, Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Actual report, Samara, Tolyatty, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • Melioration, Festival of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Stop! Who goes?, NSCA, Moscow, Russia
  • 100% vision, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Pop/Art, Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Georgia from/to, Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia                   

2001

  • Personal / Impersonal , Baumanskaya, 13, Moscow, Russia

1997

  • The world of sensual things in pictures, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia

1995

  • The 46th  Venice Biennale, pavilion L'art Vizione, curator Ernst Foux, Venice, Italy

1991

  • Zonal Exhibition of Works on Paper, Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia